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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Paul Lewis has been gathering an enviable reputation in the past couple of years, particularly for his impressive Schubert sonata discs on Harrnonia Mundi and in concert. Here, making his debut on Hyperion, that haven for fine pianism, he teams up with the equally impressive Leopold Trio for Mozart's two piano quartets. For anyone who responds to Mozart's piano concertos, these charming works might almost be considered two bonuses to the cycle. They are superbly played here. -- Gramophone [Editor's Choice, 10/2003]
For freshness, insight and sheer beauty of tone and phrase, this new disc takes the palm ... it's pure joy from first to last and I urge you to add it to your shelves' (BBC Music Magazine)
deeply musical performances, perceptive and satisfying, of two masterpieces' (International Record Review)
'It is in fact clear from the opening that this is a performance to reckon with, exemplified by its careful measured tempo, its poise and its subtle handling of the balance between strings and piano. A real winner, this disc; warmly recommended' (Gramophone)
'The Leopold Trio gives a crisp, clear and engaging performance' (The Strad)
'Listening to these brand new Hyperion performances by The Leopold String Trio and pianist Paul Lewis got me thinking about elegance in a new way ... There isn't a harsh note in the entire recording ... These performances have flair and panache. I can remember no recording that presents these two masterful quartets so gracefully rendered as this one by The Leopold String Trio and Lewis.' (Fanfare, USA)
'Truly excellent' (Classic FM Magazine)
'...one of the happiest musical unions of recent times - stylish, spirited and spontaneous' (Daily Telegraph)
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Outstanding Musicians Deliver! October 21, 2013
By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews
"If more than 5 stars were an option here, I would choose 10. I had been wanting these works for some time, and when I discovered they were available with British pianist Paul Lewis, I could not resist. Add this to your listening library without hesitation!"